Fine example of this famous engraving of the Indians of Virginia making dugout canoes, from the first edition of De Bry's A brief and true report of the new found land of Virginia. which contained Thomas Hariot's text and John White's illustrations. De Bry's A brief and true report of the new found land of Virginia later became known as Part I of the famous Grand Voyages of America, whose illustrations were without question the most important and influential images of early American history right up to the present day, illuminating the life of the 16th Century Algonquin Indians as witnessed by White and Heriot. A fine example, in attractive wash colors.
Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) was a prominent Flemish engraver and publisher best known for his engravings of the New World. Born in Liege, de Bry hailed from the portion of Flanders then controlled by Spain. The de Brys were a family of jewelers and engravers, and young Theodor was trained in those artisanal trades.
As a Lutheran, however, his life and livelihood was threatened when the Spanish Inquisition cracked down on non-Catholics. De Bry was banished and his goods seized in 1570. He fled to Strasbourg, where he studied under the Huguenot engraver Etienne Delaune. He also traveled to Antwerp, London, and Frankfurt, where he settled with his family.
In 1590, de Bry began to publish his Les Grands Voyages, which would eventually stretch to thirty volumes released by de Bry and his two sons. The volumes contained not only important engraved images of the New World, the first many had seen of the geographic novelties, but also several important maps. He also published a collection focus on India Orientalis. Les Grands Voyages was published in German, Latin, French, and English, extending de Bry’s fame and his view of the New World.